Understanding the limits to our mental processing capacity to design more effective systems of learning, practice and working.
John, thanks for the article.
Are you aware of some papers related to Cognitive Load in other areas than learning?
I know the Team Topologies stuff well, but I don't think there are more references to scientific work besides learning.
Thanks for this article, John. You've packed a lot in but it all hangs together really well. I can relate especially to the musical analogy and the idea of chunking 'bits' of information, such as chord tones or scale degrees, into shapes that we can easily grasp (in both senses of the word), that then become automated and intuitive. Likewise, with chess (can't imagine the context switching and stress involved in chess boxing!). This all has interesting parallels in the world of work.
Mastery is a fascinating subject, isn't it? I'm guessing you've read the late K Anders Ericsson's papers on mastery and his book 'Peak'. It's about time I revisited that. I'm going to look into Team Topologies. Thanks for the tip.
John, I really enjoyed this. I hadn't had the words to properly articulate, but intuitively I have always felt "fresher" in the mornings. It is that intrinsic load you mention that, for me at least, is exhausted by the evening. Is there a good way to counter this? A means to refresh?
Yip, can't agree more with the building-germane-cognitive load idea. If you want to go far with something, at the start go slow.